The idea that these alleged Democrats would actually insist that uninsured people be forced by law to write huge checks to to the loathed insurance companies is mind-boggling. They seem intent upon taking what should be an historic progressive achievement and turning it into a hated, regressive tax on their own constituents, which is so politically obtuse I don't know how to process it.
... The problem seems to be that political considerations and consequences are irrelevant to the political system. What do we do about that?
-- Politics Without Politics by digby, Hullabaloo